2019 is going to be a pivotal year for ISoP. We have a number of significant changes coming down the road, the result of a lot of time and planning by our Board and our teams of volunteers. ISoP is growing from the equivalent of a plucky startup into a mature scientific society: by 2023 we intend to cement our role as the premier organization advancing the discipline of pharmacometrics globally, actively championing the expanding role of pharmacometrics in protecting and improving human health.
We announced our Five-Year Strategic Plan at ACoP9 in San Diego, our blueprint for this transformation. It was kicked off by our Past President Jin Jin during her presidential term in 2018, developed by teams of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds in academia and industry – Working Group led by Mike Heathman and a Steering Committee led by former ISoP president Brian Corrigan. The Five Year Strategic Plan is composed of five pillars – Scientific Expertise and Innovation, focusing on encouraging research and innovation in our field; Influence, focusing on increasing the role of pharmacometrics in decision-making within drug discovery, development and clinical practice; Education, focusing on improving consistency, quality, and availability of educational resources for society members in every stage of their careers; Tools and Resources, focusing on increasing visibility and facilitating development of and access to pharmacometric tools, as well as open science resources in our field; and Internationalization, focusing on the global expansion of our activities and membership – which rely on Organizational Effectiveness, the foundation upon which all pillars depend. Planning is now largely complete, and we intend to launch the implementation phase in Q1 2019. Each of these components will be run by a Working Group: we’re going to need volunteers to help us!
The first noticeable result of our plans will be the transformation of our website, the first step in a general overhaul of our communications. Also launching soon, it will receive a complete facelift to reflect the needs
of our maturing society and the feedback we received from you, our membership in last year’s survey. At the same time our new year-round mobile app will be ready – it’s currently having its first outing supporting
the 20th PAGANZ meeting in Auckland, New Zealand!
Preparations for our tenth ACoP meeting, to be held this year in Orlando, Florida from October 20 to 23 and chaired by Mirjam Trame, are already well underway and we hope you will be able to join us for our diamond anniversary. ACoP is also traditionally the time we present our awards and fellowships for the year: an important aspect of our society is recognition of achievements at all levels. Each year’s winners are chosen from a pool of people nominated by you, our membership – please take the time to do so when the call comes! Before then, we have a number of local events planned for the next few months, starting with ISoP New England in Boston on the evening of 20 February.
Our SIGs and Committees continue to thrive. Of particular note, the first in a series of new webinars organized by the Education Committee under the
leadership of Gauri Rao and Samer Mouksassi was a great success (and we intend to continue to deliver material of this caliber going forward). The revamped Communications Committee chaired by Pete Bonate continues to be tremendously effective, and the first regular inter-SIG meetings have taken place.
Finally, we’re very pleased to be deepening our cooperation with our sister society ASCPT in 2019, as we explore ways to further refine our joint
operations and develop new and exciting scientific and educational collaborations.
This is going to be a very exciting and busy year for ISoP, as we focus on laying the groundwork for reinventing ourselves over the next five years. We have so much planned – not just the flashy news I’ve mentioned above, but much, much more, as we make less visible, but no less important changes, to how we operate as a society. We intend to change our world, and we hope you’ll be with us as we do.